No, for reals. He actually said that. President Obama actually said that he knows more about Judaism than any other President, because he read about it. Also, some of his best friends are Jewish. And he said this with what we have to assume was a straight face!
More from The Weekly Standard.
In the meeting, Obama reportedly boasted about his knowledge of Judaism, telling the leaders that he thinks he knows more “about Judaism” than all past presidents. He said he gained this knowledge of Judaism from reading.
“Obama … stressed he probably knows about Judaism more than any other president, because he read about it,” Haaretz reports. “[He] wondered how come no one asks Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner or Senate minority leader Mitch McConnel [sic] about their support to Israel.”
Similarly, he said to the group, “I [am] not going to tell you again how I even feel about Israel, but why [are] we still talking about it?”
He then suggested that he should not be questioned about his commitment to the Jewish state because “all his friends in Chicago were Jewish – and at the beginning of his political career he was accused of being a puppet of the Israel lobby,” Haaretz reports.
Sheesh, people, why the suspicion? He used the old “some of my best friends” trope and everything! And he read a book. Not his own book…not even his own wife has read that…but he has read some books. Case. Closed.
So, he doesn’t know anything about the atrocities committed against the Jewish in death camps, but he totally knows Judaism the bestest of the best. Because, books. Silly rubes just probably don’t understand the “nuance” of reading. We also wonder which books he has read. Perhaps the books he has read are like the pastor to whom he listens? Or maybe they were the same kind of books he read to learn to speak “Austrian?”
No, no. It’s bigotry, natch. See, it was further reported that President Obama went on to say that people thinking that he isn’t a friend of Israel is just all a result of Republican “bigotry.” Now seeing and reacting to the Obama administration’s atrocious record as pertains to Israel is bigotry. It seems truth is now a “dog whistle” code word.
Once again, Twitter users weigh in to provide another Teachable Moment ™. The President has acted stupidly.